“I’m late, I’m late, for a very important date.  No time to say hello, goodbye, I’m late, I’m late, I’m late!” said the White Rabbit running through the rabbit hole.  And last Thursday (July 11), I was like the White Rabbit literally running late for a very important date at Greenbelt 1 with ALICE.

Yup, that’s  little MISS ALICE PLEASENCE LIDELL of the 1865 Lewis Carroll children’s masterpiece ALICE IN WONDERLAND.

BeFunky_Alice.jpgMy frantic running adventure inside Greenbelt’s 3, 2 and 1 led me to the On Stage theater just in time for the grand unveiling of Repertory Philippine’s special TEA PARTY for all their guests.  As the curtain roll up or to the sides – I didn’t really noticed because my eyes are focused on the prettiest Tea Party table arrangement that I have ever seen in my life.  Well, actually this is the first TEA PARTY table arrangement that I’ve seen in my life – so I don’t really have any idea – but it’s very PRETTY!

All of us were instantly transported to WONDERLAND as we sat down and feasted our eyes first on the wonderful set up and then on the delicious dishes that are right in front of us.  Then Dodos dressed up like waiters approached us and offered us either coffee or tea to go with the snacks (oh no wait, they’re not Dodos, they are real waiters from Bizu) – oh well, for the sake of the Tea Party, let’s all call them Dodos.

Seriously, this is one heavily thought-out event.  I commend Repertory Philippines and their marketing group for inserting LIFE to what could have been just a routine press conference for their up-coming musical play ALICE IN WONDERLAND.  That Tea Party brought back some great childhood memories and sparked some creativity and imagination in me.  As I was sipping from the Tea bottle that has the ‘Drink Me’ label on it and eating from that pastry plate that has the tag ‘Eat Me’ – I was kinda hoping that those stuff will really make me grow or shrink.  That’ll be cool!  Freaky.. but cool!

Anyway, I think this is Repertory Philippines way of saying that ALICE IN WONDERLAND will be something that both child and adults would definitely enjoy watching.  A real awesome experience that no one should miss.

ALICE IN WONDERLAND is Repertory Philippine’s 2013 offering based on the original stage musical adaptation of the Lewis Carroll classic by JIM EILER.  It’s a re-staging actually, they already did ALICE IN WONDERLAND way back in 1997.  The last Repertory Philippines stage production that I got to watch was Disney’s Aladdin back in 2006.

MS. JOY VIRATA, who started Repertory Philippines’ Theatre for Young Audiences in 1992 said that the re-staging of ALICE IN WONDERLAND will remain faithful to the original stage presentation, from the script up to the original music of JIM EILER and JEANNE BARGY.

Repertory Philippines gave us a sample of what to expect on opening day!  I Took some videos, check this out:

The artistic and creative team of ALICE IN WONDERLAND is composed of  Joy Virata (Director), Liesl Batucan (Assistant Director), Baby Barredo (Musical Director), Jamie Wilson (Technical Director), Gino Gonzales (Set Designer), Raven Ong  (Costume Designer), John Batalla (Lights Designer),  Lisa, Tintin and Cecille Martinez (Choreographers), Onyl Torres (Vocal Coach) and Jay Pangilinan (Musical Arranger).

John Alaras, David Bianco and Joy Virata

Backing-up the team are Gidget Tolentino (Production Manager), Ayam Barredo (Company Manager), Jojo Amboy (Stage Manager), Pol Roxas (Sound Technician), Pablito Salvador (Lighting Technician) and Adul Lasin (Set Execution and Scenic Artist).

Here are the talented cast of ALICE IN WONDERLAND:

Dani Gana and Chaye Mogg (Alice), Nacho Tambunting, Jim Ferrer and Reb Atadero (Rabbit), Liesl Batucan (Duchess), Bituin Escalante and Natalie Everett  (Queen of Hearts), Becca Coates and Janine Tolentino  (Storyteller / Flora), Rachel Coates and Marie Delgado (Storyteller / Dora), Oliver Usison and Kendrick Ibasco (Walrus / King of Hearts), Nic Campos and Joel Trinidad (French Mouse / Carpenter / Mad Hatter), Onyl Torres and James Stacey (Caterpillar / March Hare), Antonio Lane and Jay Pangilinan (Mock Turtle), Reymund Domingo and Khevin Almario (Duck / Kettle), Edward Briones (Lory / Baby), Dingdong Rosales (Lory / Baby / Tweedledum), Josh Ramirez and Chino Veguillas (Dodo / Tweedledee / Doormouse), Shalee Vicencio and Gold Soon (Moon / Court Member), Ina Salonga (Tears / Court Member), Kyla Rivera (Tears / Oyster / Door), Clark Francis dela Riva and Bobby Superales (Door / Oyster) and Bym Buhain (Door / Tweedledum).

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Dani Gana (Alice), Nacho Tambunting (Rabbit), Bituin Escalante (Queen) and Joel Trinidad (Madhatter)
Chaye Mogg and Dani Gana (Alice)
Door Mouse, March Hare, White Rabbit, Queen of Hearts, Alice and the Madhatter
with Joel Trinidad
with Joel Trinidad

ALICE IN WONDERLAND is set to open on August 17, 2013 at Onstage, 2/F, Greenbelt 1, Paseo de Roxas cor. Legazpi St., Makati City. The show runs until December 15, 2013 and co-presented by  the City of Makati.

Repertory Philippines is now  accepting reservations for schools, civic groups and corporate sponsorships.  For show details, call 571-6926 and 571-4941; or email  [email protected] or log on to www.repertoryphilippines.com.

Tickets are also available through Ticketworld at 891-9999 or visit www.ticketworld.com.ph

The marketing, sales and publicity team of ALICE IN WONDERLAND is led by David Bianco (Marketing, Sales), Toots Tolentino and Oliver Usision (PR & Publicity),  Marie Talay and Rose Silva (Marketing & Sales) and Jojo Mamangun (Photography) and John Alaras (Art Direction).

Follow Repertory Philippines in these following social media sites:

Facebook:    www.facebook.com/repertoryphilippines

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